Broadband Router

What Does Broadband Router Mean?

A broadband router is a type of networking device that allows end users to access broadband Internet from an Internet service provider (ISP). The ISP usually provides and configures a broadband router for end users.

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A broadband router is also known as a broadband modem, digital subscriber line (DSL) modem or asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) modem.

Techopedia Explains Broadband Router

The Internet connection provided by a broadband router can be any of the following:

  • Digital subscriber line (DSL)
  • Asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL)
  • Wireless
  • Fiber optic
  • Coaxial
  • Any other high-speed network medium

A broadband router combines the features of a network switch, Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server and firewall in one device. It generally has several local area network (LAN) ports and built-in security features. Many broadband routers today are also WiFi routers, with wireless connectivity options.

The key features of a broadband router are:

  • Provides connectivity and authenticates ISP subscribers
  • Enables broadband Internet access for users
  • Connects using wired or wireless LAN
  • Provides simultaneous Internet access for multiple users
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